Guwahati, June 20, 2019
In a major relief for the commuters, the old Saraighat bridge which was closed since February this year for repairment works has reopened as per the stipulated timeframe for traffic movement on June 20, 2019(Friday).
It may be mentioned that repair and restoration work on the upper deck of the rail-cum-road bridge started on March 23rd, 2019 and since then traffic regulations were made along the north and south banks of the Brahmaputra diverting through the new Saraighat bridge.
A total of 500 workers are engaged in the repair and the restoration work where 54 slabs on the entire upper deck are being replaced. Also, 11 expansion joints over the pillars are being replaced.
“The Saraighat bridge is the pride of the nation and my compliments to the agency and the executing officials who executed the repairment works,” said, NFR General Manager Sanjeev Rai addressing the media.
“This would not have been possible without full support from the state government permitting us with traffic regulation. They provided all the support and put their staff and ensured that traffic is regulated,” added Rai.
It may be mentioned, a total of 500 workers were engaged in the repair and the restoration work where 54 slabs on the entire upper deck are being replaced. Also, 11 expansion joints over the pillars have been replaced.
First rail-cum-road bridge
The Saraighat Bridge is the first rail-cum-road bridge constructed over the Brahmaputra River in Assam. The Saraighat rail-cum-road bridge, which was commissioned in 1963, handles a huge volume of road and rail traffic everyday. The bridge was built by the Northeast Frontier Railway, under the direction of chief engineer Bankim Chandra Ganguli. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru dedicated the bridge and formally named it after the Battle of Saraighat on June 7th, 1963.